Posted December 05, 2013

Tim Tebow offered contract by Italian football team

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Viva Italia? Tim Tebow has another interested football suitor.

Viva Italia? Tim Tebow has another interested football suitor. (Mary Schwalm/AP)

Tim Tebow has rebuffed the overtures of the L.A. Kiss arena league team, but that hasn’t stopped potential suitors for stepping up with their bids. The former Florida star quarterback and one-time NFL player was recently offered a four-month contract by the Milano Seamen of the Italian federation for American football. The team, which posted an excerpt of the offer on its website, claims it will pay Tebow $200,000 for his time.

“The offer has been made to his agent and now we’re waiting for a response,” Seamen team president Marco Mutti said, per the Associated Press. “We would be more than happy to have him.”

For those who don’t remember, Tebow was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 draft. The Broncos won eight of the 14 games he started, and Tebow led his team to an unexpected wild-card playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in January 2012. However, Tebow was no longer needed after Denver acquired Peyton Manning before the 2012 season, and he was traded to the New York Jets. That experiment failed, as did Tebow’s stay with the Patriots, who cut him before the 2013 season started.

If Tebow takes the offer, he’d start the Italian league season in March and hope to play in the Italian Super Bowl in June. Last year, the Parma Panthers beat the Seamen in the championship, so it’s easy to see why Tebow’s winning ways would be so desirable.

That said … Given that Tebow turned down Gene Simmons, we’re not sure what kind of chance Mr. Mutti and his team have — especially since Tebow appears to have other irons in the fire. In November, he hired Nick Khan, a prominent broadcast agent with CAA, to represent him. That sent out the word that he might be interested in a broadcasting career, of course — and of course, the networks will eagerly come calling. According to Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead, Tebow could have offers from ESPN, CBS and FOX (at least) when the time is right to open for business. First, Tebow will undoubtedly want to exhaust all his potential American football opportunities — if he already hasn’t — and that probably doesn’t include the Italian version.

76 comments
John4
John4

Uh, a backup QB gets an offer to play in American football in Italy?  That sounds familiar.  Was there a John Grisham novel with that exact storyline?  Playing for Pizza?  Yes there was.  Great book.  

IngridDonicio
IngridDonicio

I can already hear the English-language game day radio broadcasts:


Tim Tebow's Seamen Come From Behind in Milan!


They say that football is a game of inches.  But Tebow's Seamen kept pounding into the red zone with a tight end.  The Seamen showed great ball control yesterday.  The Seamen are very good at scoring with the Wildcat.  But the Seamen's wide receivers also showed that they can go deep.  And with the opponent stuffed by Seamen, Tebow can still find a hole and slide through it.  Opponents have not been able to sack the Seamen, and they could not stop the Seamen from rushing as the Seamen have frequently broke containment.  With Tebow, the Seamen could go all the way this year since their rushing often penetrates deep into the backfield!  During pre-game interviews, Tebow mentioned that he felt blessed to have gotten a taste of the Seamen's victories.


Frotoon
Frotoon

$200,000? Tebow can make more than that with a few speaking engagements and an endorsement.

cmoss50202
cmoss50202

Don't really care where he goes, he is not in the NFL conversation at all. 

George
George

Egli è omosessuale come un'oca!

DonKnight
DonKnight

I'm sure that Timmy Tebow has come to terms with the fact that while he thinks that he has the talent to succeed in the NFL, that it's not going to happen.  At best, he's a fullback who can throw the ball at little bit.  At worst, he's the worst quarterback the league has seen attempt the position since Jamarcus Russell.  He's going to go down as one of the litany of Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks who couldn't make the transition to the pros.  Nice kid, terrible quarterback.

SteveLong
SteveLong

Minnesota Vikings could us him badly we have no qb

namrogm
namrogm

C'mon, Tim, please take one of the offers and show the NFL that they made a big mistake.  Play somewhere and I'll bet the NFL offers come in.  Some NFL team will build a team around the run and the option pass, like Denver did in 2011 when Tebow led his team into the second round of the playoffs.  

VictorNewman
VictorNewman

every day tebow is away from the NFL means the likelihood of him ever returning grows more remote.

Holden
Holden

The only legitimate shot at playing in the NFL, for Tebow, resulted in a bunch of very sad Steelers fans.  Neither Quinn nor McCoy have come close to sniffing a playoff game, much less ever won one.  Centennial's point, if I'm not mistaken, is why Quinn and McCoy and NOT Tebow...he picked up the pieces once, and more than held his own, don't you think?

When he got his shot, he succeeded and so did the 1-4 team he inherited.  Denver fans will remember that season with much fondness.  Had not Peyton picked Denver, he might still be the Broncos' starting quarterback.  The Jets stuck with Sanchez, who has only regressed, and never gave Tebow even ONE series of downs, despite the Jets' miserable season.  There was never real consideration given to Tebow in NY.

Unless you think Brady was/is on the hot seat, the NE ''signing'' only blocked his chances with a team that could have used him...and there are plenty of teams with miserable starting quarterbacks. 

Imrad
Imrad

I'm sure he likes the Seamen.

Centennial
Centennial

Brady Quinn is a backup with the RAMS, Colt Mcoy is a backup with the 49ERS - and Tebow is out of the league? There's something wrong with that picture.

x72
x72

Should play soccer, it's a sport for no talents.

matt37
matt37

The fundamentalist TT fans believe that reading fiction is a sin.  Wouldn't want Harry Potter to corrupt their sense of brainwashing.

matt37
matt37

Jamarcus Russell was unintelligent, lazy, had no work ethic and was an all around poor human being. Tebow is a class-act, great teammate and would be the hardest worker in the NFL.  The fact that he's unemployed means only one thing.....he's not good enough.

I agree-great kid, terrible QB.

DonKnight
DonKnight

@namrogm- yeah, because so many teams are clamoring for Tim to join their roster.  He's a never was, never will-be, fullback pretending to be a quarterback.

matt37
matt37

Yeah, we just need someone to give him a (FOURTH) chance!

VictorNewman
VictorNewman

@Holden undrafted free agent QBs are starting in this league. if tebow had ANY SKILL WHATSOEVER, he would be out there.

Bulk
Bulk

@Centennial great point Centinnial - you named 2 great examples, but look at Sanchez, Russel, etc.  There are at least 10 QBs that are worse than Tebow.

MarMac2768
MarMac2768

@Centennial What's wrong? The starting QB's of both of those teams have proven that they are first stringers and neither Quinn or McCoy panned out where they started. In fact, Quinn has had multiple opportunities and he just hasn't cut it. Bradford and Kaepernick have shown they have the skills to win. 

kj4027
kj4027

@x72 Typical dopey American response. I dare you to even stand next to the professional soccer players in Europe. They will completely dwarf you in size, strength, speed, agility and of course.... manners.

mckimsey
mckimsey

@x72   Them's fightin' words.   Hope you're just joking.  That's why they make chocolate and vanilla.  Neither flavor is better, just different.

pete gambled
pete gambled

@matt37

Calling him a terrible QB is a ridiculous statement. With less attempts and in less games, Tebow is as or more affective than alot of QBs currently starting in the league. Here's one.  No, he's not terrible.


2011 Tebow: 126 of 271 1729 Yards 12 TDs 6 INTs
122 Carries 660 6 TDs 
Total Yards: 2,389 
Total TD: 18

2013 Matt Ryan: 325 of 490 3471 Yards 19 TD 12 INTs 
14 carries 57 yards
Total Yards: 3,528
Total TDs: 19

Bulk
Bulk

@DonKnight @namrogm Don you really don't have much to say that makes sense or is new.  Tebow may not be close to the best, but I could name 10 QBs that are way worse than him.  If they would leave him alone he could be something.  you aren't that great in college and not at least get picked up.  I also think his faith has something to do with it, agree or disagree, Christians in this country are not well received.

Plainview
Plainview

I think he has skill; I think the publicity that comes with him is scaring teams away.  Is he starting caliber?  Probably not.  Can he be 2nd or 3rd string material?  Yes.  I think he should get another chance. 

You can hardly call the Jets and Patriots ordeals chances.

Nuschler
Nuschler

@Imrad @Scottsdale Guy A 

@Imrad--you really are an immature troll.  Do you think you are really that clever associating Tebow with childish ideas about homosexuals.

What are you?  12 years old?  And no..you are NOT rad.

Bulk
Bulk

@matt37 @Scottsdale Guy A - Matt you're avitard looks like a girl so your opinion means nothing since women don't know anything about football.  I see DonKnight likes your post.  Is he your sugar daddy?

Bulk
Bulk

@kj4027 @x72 - KJ are you a communist, you know that Communists love soccer.  Secondly, do you realize that girls and boys play soccer together?  It's an ambiguous sport that much less capable Non-Americans use to entertain themselves.  You hate America, face it, so why don't you ship out and live in bliss in one of the many socialist/communist countries that LOVE SOCCER.  GO MIA HAM she is so exciting to watch HAHAHAHAHA. 

John Speak
John Speak

Premier League player average height is just under 72", average height of America male is just under 68". Dwarf, right. Do your homework.

matt37
matt37

Tebow is not a working NFL qb due largely in part to his final five games as a starter: 49/129 passing (that's 38%).  5 tds and TEN turnovers. 

The rest of the league realized that he couldn't throw, and once that happened, he couldn't run either. 

32 teams seem to know that those 5 games are closer to his "norm" than not.

matt37
matt37

Oh man!  You should get that research to the 32 head coaches and 32 general managers in the NFL!  I'm sure he'll get hired as soon as they see that! 

matt37
matt37

My bad, I suppose you guys are all smarter than the 64 men who run the 32 NFL teams.  Man, not sure why hes out of work then.  Must be because he's Christian and there aren't many of those in the NFL.  Or because he's popular and a good person.....those guys never succeed ever.

And your math is incorrect:  his last 5 games saw him with 6 fumbles and 4 ints.

pete gambled
pete gambled

@matt37

Not sure what you're talking about.  Orton in 2011 wasn't scoring a lot of points. Let's look at common opponent in the same season. 

Orton vs. Oakland:  20 points

Tebow vs. Oakland: 38 ponts


Orton vs. Chargers ZERO POINTS

Tebow vs. Chargers in relief  24 points


Tebow vs. Chargers as starter. 16 points


You are ignoring scheme.  They were running 22 and 23 personnel groupings with 1 and 2 WR going out for passes.  That means they were concentrating on the run and working the clock.  It was Fox Ball.  Run, work the clock, and take chances deep to score points.  


Here is Jake Delhomme's stat line from 2009.  He went 4-7 (11 games - same amount as Tebow in 2011)


178 of 321  2015 yards 8 TD, 18 INTs 


A lot of running in a Fox offense, until Manning that is. 




pete gambled
pete gambled

@matt37

Your numbers are wrong.  

He had 7 TDs and 8 turnovers (4 INTs and 4 Fumbles lost)

Keep in mind he only had 6 INTs and 6 fumbles lost for the entire 2011. 


Game 1 of his last 5 was against the Pats.  He had one of his best games. 


80 Rating 

11/22 194 Yards

12 carries 93 yards 2 TD

287 Total Yards


Brady 

23/34  320 yards 2 TD

6 carries 2 yards  1 TD

322 Total Yards


Game 4 of his last five was against the Steelers.  125 rating.


matt37
matt37

The Broncos scored almost a TD a game LESS once TT took over. But keep thinking that he's "effective" in leading his team to score.

matt37
matt37

If we're talking numbers, here are the numbers that define his career.  The last 5 games of his time as a starter provided everything the league needed to see.

49/129 passing (that's 38%).  5 tds and TEN turnovers.  Oh, and that includes his "miracle" game in Pittsburgh in which he single-handedly willed the team to a win.  (sarcasm included)

The rest of the league realized that he couldn't throw, and once that happened, he couldn't run either. 

32 teams seem to know that those 5 games are closer to his "norm" than not.

pete gambled
pete gambled

@matt37 @Bulk @DonKnight @namrogm


Let me clarify something for you. 

Tebow was working within a run heavy Fox offense, where when passing, it was being done out of 22 and 23 personnel groupings- which means there were only 1 or 2 WRs running routes. When in games and quarters where Tebow was allowed to run 10-11 personnel, Tebow had QB ratings over 100.  In fact he's 4th qtr QB Rating was 111 just behind Manning and Rodgers.  He's rating in the last five minutes of games  125 (highest in the league 2011).  

He was the first QB in history to have 6 4th Qtr comebacks in his first 11 games.  His job was to sell the run and throw deep 20% (league high) of the time, to 1 or 2 WRs.  Such an offense isn't built to help a QB or his completion percentage.  That being said he was still able to produce 18 TDs and 6 INTs.   Check out the stats of 

Geno Smith

Matt Ryan

Eli Manning

RGIII

Pryor

Ponder 

Kaepernick


Tebow is just as effective when it comes to TDs.  And he's even better when it comes to the INTs thrown. 

matt37
matt37

Bulk, what do you mean "leave him alone?"  Have you ever heard Tebow say to the media "you know what, I'm a backup QB in NY and struggling to prove my worth-I don't want to distract the team, and as such I won't be conducting any interviews."  No, you haven't.  You'll notice the media "left him alone" in New England, because they told him to keep his trap shut.

Face it.....he's just not talented enough to be an NFL QB.

PS:  Put your money where your mouth is and list those 10 QBs "that are way worse than him".

matt37
matt37

@Bulk@DonKnight@namrogm The NFL employs drug dealers, users, murderers, serial DUI recipients, woman batterers and otherwise shady characters....as long as they can perform.  The NFL is well over 50% Christian. Yet you think that TT's faith has something do to with his inability to find a job in the NFL?  How about the fact that he can't complete 50% of his passes, nor read a defense? 


matt37
matt37

Another toolbag who only sees what he wants to see, so that the "facts" support his position.

Brees, Manning, Rodgers, Wilson, Brady, Tannehill, Palmer, Bradford, Stafford, Foles, Weeden, Glennon, Luck etc etc etc. 

If you're purposely looking for the dirtbags, you'll find dirtbags.  But if you want to ignore the fact that the overwhelming majority of players are just normal, upstanding men....that's your bad. 

And to your point about drug dealers, abusers, DUI collectors, batterers etc......The NFL has ONE criteria for it's players.  Perform and you're hired.  If TT could perform, he'd have a job.

Bulk
Bulk

@Plainview Great point Plainview, I concur.  There are 10 QBs that are not as good as Tebow and his faith and publicity are unfortunately the sour points for NFL GMs.  This league is too decadent for a great person like Tebow, he is way too good of a person to fit into the NFL mold.  Maybe if he shot roids, slept with porn stars, and killed a friend or someone else while driving intoxicated he would be starting in this Sick and Disgusting league.  The Jets are the lowest of the low in the league and I firmly believe that Tebow is much better than dirty sanchez.

OwenCaterwall3
OwenCaterwall3

@Bulk @matt37 @Scottsdale Guy A Geez I don't know much about avatars but I think ol' Bunk here proves he don't know much about anything. But, hey, livin' in your mom's basement doesn't require much in the social skills arena.

John Speak
John Speak

So sorry. 70" for average American male. 2 inch difference.